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Halladay Knocked Out in 2nd; Braves Win

Braves 8, Phillies 2
WP -Mike Minor (10-10, 4.27)
LP – Roy Halladay (10-8, 4.40)

PHILADELPHIA — Roy Halladay hasn’t had a start this bad since September 10, 2006.

Halladay was knocked out in the 2nd inning, his shortest start in over six years. A Freddie Freeman three-run homer in the 1st and Jason Heyward’s three-run double in the 2nd chased Halladay from his start in the 7-2 win.

With St. Louis winning, the Phillies dropped back to four games out of the Wild Card with 10 to play.

3B: Frandsen (2). HR: Howard (14).



Braves Sweep Phillies With 6-2 Win

Braves 6, Phillies 2
WP – Tim Hudson (10-4, 3.68)
LP – Roy Halladay (4-6, 4.33)

ATLANTA — The lack of consistency in the second half is killing the Phillies.

The Phils followed up a four-game winning streak, and sweep of the Brewers, by getting swept by division foe Atlanta Braves. Again the offense couldn’t support a strong outing from it’s rotation, this time resulting in a 6-2 loss.

Roy Halladay had a decent outing, but some red flags remained after his start. Doc scattered three runs over the course of six innings on six hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Halladay retired the last 10 hitters he faced despite giving up a pair of solo homers to Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones. His cutter was averaging 88 MPH, a few ticks down from last season.

Halladay allowed two quick runs in the 1st inning, a homer to Heyward and an RBI double by Dan Uggla to make it 2-0. The next inning, Jones’ homer gave the Braves a 3-0 lead and that proved to be the winning runs.

A solo homer by Shane Victorino in the 4th cut the Braves lead to 3-1. Then Carlos Ruiz’s RBI in the 6th made it 3-2, but that was the closest the Phils got.

Three runs in the 7th inning off Jake Diekman gave the Braves a commanding 6-2 lead to seal the sweep.

HR: Victorino (9).


Series Preview: at Atlanta Braves

PHI: 45-54, 5th in NL East; ATL: 54-44, 2nd in NL East

When: July 27-29
Where: Turner Field (Atlanta, GA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.23) vs Ben Sheets (2-0, 0.00)
Saturday: Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.70) vs Mike Minor (5-7, 5.49)
Sunday: Roy Halladay (4-5, 4.32) vs Tim Hudson (9-4, 3.71)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:35, CSN
Saturday, 7:10, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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McCann Crush: Braves Win 4-3; Sweep Phillies

Braves 4, Phillies 3
WP – Jair Jurrjens (3-2, 4.97)
LP – Raul Valdes (2-2, 3.80)
SV – Craig Kimbrel (25)

PHILADELPHIA — Brian McCann is heating up into a career-record pace.

The Braves star catcher homered in his fourth straight game, this one proving to be the winning run in the Braves 4-3 victory over the Phillies. The win capped off a three-game sweep that will send the Phillies into the All-Star Break 12 games under .500.

With the game tied up, 3-3, McCann hit a bomb to dead center off reliever Raul Valdes in the 7th inning to give the Braves a 4-3 lead. McCann finished game 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs.

The Phillies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning when Jason Pridie, a late addition to the lineup for Shane Victorino (more on that later), ripped a two-run homer.

The Braves tied the game up in the 4th when Dan Uggla hit a two-run homer off Phillies starter Vance Worley. But the Phillies responded right back in the bottom on Pridie’s RBI double to give them a 3-2 lead.

McCann worked his Phillie-killing magic in the 5th inning. After a pair of singles by Martin Prado and Jason Heyward, McCann singled on a line drive up the middle to tie the game back up, 3-3.

2B: Pridie (1). HR: Pridie (1).


Series Preview: vs Atlanta Braves

PHI: 37-47, 5th in NL East; ATL: 43-39, 3rd in NL East

When: July 6-8
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35) vs Tim Hudson (6-4, 3.87)
Saturday: Joe Blanton (7-7, 4.85) vs Tommy Hanson (9-5, 3.70)
Sunday: Vance Worley (4-5, 3.46) vs Jair Jurrjens (2-2, 5.19)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 7:15, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Jones Walks Off A Wild One

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz celebrates with 2B Freddy Galvis after hitting a three-run homer in the 7th inning. Ruiz had seven RBIs in the game. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Larry “Chipper” Jones has made a career killing the Phillies.

He did it again.

Jones hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning off of Brian Sanches in a wild 15-13 win by the Braves in a game that saw five lead changes. The Phillies entered the game at .500 but failed to get over that mark for the first time since being 1-0.

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Series Preview: vs Atlanta Braves

PHI: 21-9, 1st in NL East; ATL: 18-15, 3rd in NL East

When: April May 6-8
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cliff Lee (2-2, 3.66) vs. Derek Lowe (2-3, 3.72)
Saturday: Kyle Kendrick (1-2, 2.08) vs. Julio Teheran (0-0, -.–)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.66) vs. Jair Jurrjens (3-0, 1.52)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, TCN
Saturday, 7:05, PHL 17
Sunday, 8:00, ESPN
All Games on 1210 AM

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K-ole Hearted.

A super ball couldn’t bounce back better than Cole Hamels did today.

The left-hander, who was rocked for six runs his first start, dominated the Braves in Atlanta, leading the Phils to a 3-0 win in the rubber match.

Phillies starter Cole Hamels bounced back from a rough outing against New York last week with seven shut out innings against the Braves on Sunday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hamels pitched seven scoreless innings, scattering four hits and a walk while striking out eight. His location was pin-point and his curve was looking very good, something he’s worked on the past year.

In Hamels’ last inning, he allowed back-to-back two-out singles to Jason Heyward and Alex Gonzalez. But Rich Dubee came out to the mound and talked to Hamels, who followed the meeting up with a first-pitch ground ball out to rookie Freddie Freeman, taking advantage of an over-eager rookie.

Shane Victorino continued his hot streak, going 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored. He has a hit in nine of his last 11 at-bats.

The Phils got a run in the fourth inning. With Victorino on third and Placido Polanco on first and no outs, Jimmy Rollins hit into a double play that got Victorino home safely. The centerfielder then homered in the sixth to make it 2-0.

Rollins led off the top of the ninth with a double and got to third on the the misplay by Heyward in right field and scored on a Ryan Howard ground out to make it 3-0.

2B: Rollins (3). HR: Victorino (1).

WP: Hamels (1-1). LP: Lowe (1-1). S: Contreras (2).


Series Preview: Atlanta Braves

PHI: 5-1; ATL: 3-4
When: April 8-10
Where: Turner Field (Atlanta, GA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cliff Lee (1-0, 3.86) vs. Tim Hudson (1-0, 1.29)

Saturday: Roy Oswalt (1-0, 3.00) vs. Brandon Beachy (1-0, 1.50)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (0-1, 20.25) vs. Derek Lowe (1-1, 0.77)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, PHL 17

Saturday, 1:10, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – RF Jason Heyward:

In two straight seasons, Jason Heyward homered on Opening Day. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Heyward had a great rookie campaign last year, proving to the majors he was ready to take on this level of pitching.

But now with a year under his belt, Heyward has the pressure of avoiding that sophomore slump, cutting down the strike out numbers and turning into a dangerous and patient hitter the Braves hope he is for the next decade.

The 21-year-old New Jersey native is batting .250 with two homers and five RBIs from the six-spot to start the season with the Braves. But last season, Heyward struggled in his 13 games against the Phils, batting .163 (7-for-43) with a homer and two RBIs (the homer was a game-winner off Ryan Madson early in the season).

Philly will look to continue their success against Heyward as he will look to get his season underway against a division rival.

Overview: The Braves are the team to beat in the NL East… if you’re an idiot like Buster Olney. With the Braves off to a slow start and the Phils offense on fire, it should be interesting to see how the first match up of these two NL East front-runners goes.

The Phillies offensive surge could have come thanks to playing in their band box of a park at CBP. Turner Field is spacious and balls get lost in the outfield if hit over the fielder’s heads. But the Phils have played some serious small ball, homering only five times to start the season while leading the league with 56 singles and second in the NL with 43 runs.

Wilson Valdez (.429 avg, 3 2B, 5 RBI) and Ben Francisco (.320, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI) have silenced the critics on whether they could fill the holes left by the injured Chase Utley and the departed Jayson Werth. Ryan Howard is also off to a freakishly hot start, batting .480 with three doubles, two homers and eight RBIs.

Catcher Brian McCann is off to a great start for the Braves, hitting .423 with five RBIs and newly acquired second baseman Dan Uggla has homered twice. Atlanta also has Chipper Jones playing solid to start. They just need All-Star Martin Prado and Heyward to turn it on.

Cole Hamels will be in need of a desperate bounce-back game on Sunday. He was shelled in Tuesday’s loss to the Mets and will hope to feast on a struggling Braves offense to get him in line with the rest of the aces.

This series will be the first test for the Phils. They can either keep up the hot start and gain some early distance on Atlanta or they could fall back to earth against a strong pitching team. The action starts tonight at 7:05 with Cliff Lee on the hill.

And for some bonus stuff, here is a little stroll down memory lane:

Hamels is Electric

By John Russo

PHILADELPHIA — Perhaps the playoffs already started for the Phillies.

With rally towels waving and the crowd excited like it’s October, the Phils took the first of their critical three-game series with the Atlanta Braves, 3-1, on Monday night behind eight strong innings from starting pitcher Cole Hamels.

The win expanded the Phillies’ lead in the NL East to four games over Atlanta. Their magic number is now eight games to wrap up a fourth straight National League East title, a feat which remarkably could come as early as this weekend.

“For us it’s just another game, another stepping stone,” said Hamels, who hasn’t lost since August 19. “I think if we’re able to go out there and play one game at a time and go after them and try and try to get the job done then we’re able to play the baseball we expect ourselves to and come away with wins.”

Hamels was efficient for the Phils, allowing only one run on six hits and a walk and striking out six. Brad Lidge struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth for his 24th save on the season.

“Hamels has been really good,” said manager Charlie Manuel. “But in order to win a lot of games these days that’s what pitchers got to be like.”

In his last five starts, Hamels has allowed only two runs in 36 2/3 innings pitched, an ERA of 0.49.

Hamels also got three double plays from his defense, the first coming with a runner on first and third with one out in the second. That double play was key because Atlanta already had a run on the board and was set to do more damage.

“I felt like he had good command,” said Manuel. “They turned three double plays and those ground balls were big for him.”

The Phillies only needed five more hits – and some help from the Braves defense – to give Hamels the support he would need. Carlos Ruiz knocked in a run with a double in the second and Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez plated a pair of runs on groundouts in the fifth.

Brandon Beachy, making an emergency start in place of injured pitcher Jair Jurrjens, did well enough to keep the Braves in the game. Making his major-league debut, he lasted 4 1/3 innings while allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits, three walks, and a strikeout.

Shane Victorino wound up on third on a ball that Braves right fielder Jason Heyward misplayed to start the fifth and scored on a groundout by Polanco to make it a 2-1 game. Ibanez drove in Chase Utley with a fielder’s choice grounder to make it a 3-1 game later in the inning, more than enough for Hamels.

Martin Prado almost tied up the game in the sixth inning. With a man on and one out and the Phillies up 3-1, Prado’s laser went just left of the foul pole in left.

It would have been the first home run allowed by Cole Hamels since August 24, but like most everything else on this night, the flight of the ball went the Phillies’ way.

Hamels, the ace of the 2008 World Series champions, admitted  having two pitchers like Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt pitching in the same staff as him has taken a lot of weight off his shoulders this year.

“I think it puts you where you’re not as stressed, you know you don’t have to be, ‘that guy,’ you know, you don’t have to carry the whole team on your back,” Hamels said. “I think when you have one big-time pitcher on a team, guys kind of look at him to be that guy that’s always going to win, always get them out of the rut, always have that huge game and that puts a little bit more pressure on guys.”